Working Groups

Working groups bring together experts from different locations to work on joint projects.
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Are you planning to initiate an interdisciplinary collaboration? Do you want to discuss the practical applications of your research or get academic input to further a practical project? CAIS will fund your meetings and provides a productive environment for collaboration.

Flexible Funding

Working groups consist of two to twelve members from different locations. They can spend up to three weeks in Bochum, or get together for up to three shorter meetings. CAIS provides modern meeting facilities and covers travel and accommodation expenses.

Meetings can generally be conducted between January and March and from mid-May to September.

Funding and Facilities

Working groups whose members are based in Germany can be funden with up to €10.000. International working groups can be granted up to €15.000.

CAIS will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses and provides meeting rooms equipped with modern presentation and videoconferencing technology.

Members will receive a daily allowance of €24. For groups consisting of five or more members and meetings of up to three days CAIS can provide catering.

After completion, working groups can apply for grants of up to €5000 for innovative measures of knowledge transfer.


CAIS College funds innovative projects that deal with the social opportunities and challenges of digital transformation, and develop perspectives for practice. The funding program is open to excellent scholars and practitioners, to all disciplines and areas of investigation, as well as to pure research and to projects that are more applied in orientation.

An academic degree is not required, if applicants are highly distinguished within their peer group.

The practical implications of academic projects and the academic benefits of practical projects should be stated clearly in the applications. Concepts for the exchange between academia and other realms of society will be considered positively in the selection process.

The purpose of the working group program is to bring together experts from different locations who would not be able to cooperate in presence otherwise. Working groups whose members are mostly employed at the same institution in Germany, or international working groups whose members are mostly based in the same country can only be supported if there are compelling reasons to conduct the meetings in Bochum (for example field work or meetings with resident experts).

At the time of application, the majority of the invited members must have confirmed their attendance.


The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2022. Applicants can expect a decision by the end of May 2023.

Working groups can currently apply for (first) meetings to take place between 24 to 28 July and 7 to 31 August 2023. Applications for working groups starting in 2024 will be accepted from 2023.

Applications can be submitted in German or English via the application form. Please familiarize yourself with the form before filling it out and consider the information provided in the individual sections.

An application consists of the following elements:

    1. Personal data and funds requested
    2. Outline of proposal
      – Abstract (max. 300 words)
      – Subject and lines of research (max. 1500 words)
      – Literature review/ State of the Art (max. 700 words – optional in the case of practice-based projects)
      – Theories and methods (max. 700 words – optional in the case of practice-based projects)
      – Academic results (max. 300 words)
      – Practical results (max. 300 words)
      – Preliminary work (max. 300 words)
      – Work plan (max. 300 words)
      – Bibliographical references (max. 1500 words)
    3. List of participants with the following information: name, institution/company, discipline/profession, traveling from/to, status of participation (invited/confirmed) (PDF)
    4. Curriculum Vitae (PDF, max. two pages with no more than five publication references)
    5. One relevant publication (PDF, max. 5 MB – optional)

Only one applicant should enter their personal information in the form. If you want to apply with colleagues (max. 3 applicants) you can clarify this in the section „preliminary work“ and merge your CVs and publications into one PDF each.

Please refrain from submitting multiple application forms. If you do not receive an automated confirmation e-mail, contact us.

Selection Process

Applications that meet the formal requirements will be assessed by two reviewers. The evaluation criteria are:

  • Professional expertise and qualification
  • Relevance and topicality
  • Originality and innovative potential
  • Theories and methods (optional in the case of practise-based projects)
  • Academic results
  • Practical results
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Feasability of the work plan
  • Expertise and profile of other members

Based on the reviews and under consideration of diversity criteria and capacities, the Program Committee will make its final decisions. The voting members of the Program Committee are the academic director, the director of CAIS College, the head of knowledge transfer and public relations, six distinguished scholars from the field of digitalization research as well as two professionals with practice-based expertise.

Further questions?

We are happy to help:

Dr. Esther Laufer

Director CAIS College

+49 234 95315029


Application Form Working Group

Your entries will not be saved if you close the application form before sending it.

Please therefore familiarize yourself with the structure and content of the form before filling it out. Prepare the texts and appendices according to the word limits specified. Use a citation style that does not require footnotes (e.g. Harvard or APA), and list the sources used with full details in the field “Bibliographical references”.

Please refrain from using formatting such as italics and bold, as this will not be imported. You can use blank lines to structure your texts.

You will receive an automated email-confirmation with a copy of your entries. Make sure to check your spam folder if you do not find it in your inbox. Please refrain from submitting multiple application forms. Please contact us, if you do not receive the automated confirmation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Esther Laufer.